Whether you seek outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or relaxation in a breathtaking mountain setting, Aspen has something to offer for everyone.
Go Hiking and Biking
Aspen is renowned for its picturesque trails and stunning mountain scenery. Explore the Maroon Bells, a pair of iconic peaks, and hike or bike through the surrounding trails like the Maroon Lake Scenic Trail or the Crater Lake Trail. Aspen has equally great mountain biking as it does road biking.
Hit the White Water
Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the nearby Roaring Fork, Colorado, or Arkansas rivers. Guided tours are available for all skill levels, offering a memorable adventure amidst beautiful landscapes.
Aspen Whitewater Rafting and Blazing Adventures are both solid outfitters with happy customers.
Visit Independence Pass
Take a scenic drive on the Independence Pass, which connects Aspen to Twin Lakes. Admire breathtaking views, visit ghost towns, and stop by the Grottos, a natural ice cave formation.
Kayak Maroon Lake
Rent a kayak or canoe and paddle across the serene Maroon Lake, enjoying panoramic views of the Maroon Bells. It’s a tranquil way to soak in the natural beauty of the area.
The aformetioned Aspen Whitewater, Blazing Adventures are solid choices as is Elk Mountain Expeditions.
Visit the Aspen Art Museum
Explore the Aspen Art Museum, which features contemporary art exhibitions, installations, and educational programs. It’s a great place to appreciate artistic talent and engage with thought-provoking works.
Attend the Aspen Music Festival
If you’re a music enthusiast, don’t miss the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival. Enjoy classical concerts, recitals, and performances by talented musicians from around the globe.
Dine in Downtown
Indulge in exquisite sushi at Matsuhisa—Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s eponymous restaurant which offers a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
Cache Cache, a long-standing favorite among locals and visitors alike, serves up French-American cuisine in an upscale yet relaxed atmosphere.
If you really want to step it up, head to The Little Nell hotel’s “Element 47” which offers a refined dining experience with a focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Get a bird’s-eye view of the stunning Aspen landscape by taking a hot air balloon ride and experience the tranquility of floating above the mountains and valleys while enjoying panoramic vistas.
Above It All Balloon Company is a popular hot air balloon service in Aspen offering scenic balloon rides over the Roaring Fork Valley, with breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Aspen Hot Air Balloon Rides is another well-known provider with options that include sunrise and sunset flights, allowing you to experience the the scenery in dramtic light.
Go Horseback Riding
Enjoy a horseback ride through the scenic trails surrounding Aspen. Guided tours offer the chance to explore the area’s natural beauty while on horseback, providing a unique perspective.
Attend Aspen Ideas Festival
If timing permits, attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, a renowned gathering of influential thinkers, leaders, and innovators from various fields. Engage in discussions and presentations covering a wide range of topics.